San Diego Boat Tickets & Cruises fo San Diego, California
San Diego--USS Midway Museum allows tourists
the chance to come aboard the craft pictured left. Located in a harbor where
most the San Diego boat attractions depart, be sure to check out the
Aircraft Carrier Memorial Garden, complete with an obelisk listing names of
soldiers commemorated, and several beautiful bronze statues seen in upper
right photo. Bottom right photo shows the walkway where tourists can stroll
and look at cruise ships to Mexico, several ship museums, and cruises of
every shape and offering.
First, you're probably visiting
on a San Diego Vacation. Here's some hotel options for you to check out:
What started out as a write up about
San Diego's great boat rides in a larger piece on
California boat rides and
boat tickets, has nearly turned into a dissertation. We had
no idea that so many fun water activities are available to tourists. From an
America's Cup sailboat to a fancy dinner cruise (everything is actually
casual in San Diego, so only get dressed up if you want), there are over a
dozen boat rides, boat museum tours, and vessel attractions to whet your
whistle, but not your clothes. These rides all provide good times and
explore one of the boating capitals of the coast, San Diego, of course. If
you doubt the claim that San Diego loves its boats, you need only attend the
Christmas boat parade each December. The event goes on for hours.
were by no means able to list all the boat experiences in San Diego in one
single page. There are just too many private yachts, kayaks and other sorts
of water offerings that can change according to seasons and viability of a
concept. But San Diego has always loved its tourists, and there are about
100 reason on the bay to visit and take a ride in a boat or other sort of
craft. If you have the time and patience to sort through the many options
here's the link. We grew tired after
half an hour of looking, and decided to book one of the brunch cruises for a
birthday trip and weekend vacation to this site's favorite getaway, beloved
First, you should know that San Diego
is all about boats. There are many military vessels in the San Diego ,
and shipyards abound, including one at Point Loma. With a larger than
average population of retired Navy personnel living in San Diego and
Coronado, the passion for the sea runs deep.
So as tourists, we can hop aboard a
USS Midway Museum, for a tour, view a
museum on a ship that sits in the bay, or book rides on any number of
cruises ranging from a sailboat to ferry, to large yachts. Loving the water
is a way of life for San Diegans, and if you think there's too much of a
good thing, think again.
Hornblower Dinner Cruise has really
grown up and fattened its cruise offerings in San Diego during recent years.
While many who know about this dinner cruise offering and regional buffet
meals served about the boat, Hornblower offers a variety of boat rides in
San Diego, including an hour-long tour, two hour rides (subject to change),
and the Brunch Cruise on weekends. Some of the recent Hornblower Cruise
offerings have included 1-Hour Harbor Cruise: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, 4:15pm.
2-Hour Harbor Cruise: 10am,
11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm Scenic Brunch
Cruise: 10:30am; Sunset Dinner
Cruise: 6:30pm; Whale Watching:
9:30am, 1:30pm (thru March), be sure to stay abreast of the latest times,
dates, and buy your tickets at the link provided.
Only in San Diego can you ride the
America's Cup Stars & Stripe sailboat.
We'll never forget standing atop Point Loma and looking down on this
glorious boat as it entered the San Diego Bay some years ago. It was such an
exciting time and a site to behold. Now it's really cool that you can ride
this elegant, sleek, stealth of a ship. It is the highlight to any San Diego
vacation for us water junkies.
The Seal Amphibious Tour takes place on
an aquatic-colorfully painted craft that coastguard safe, and makes for a
real joy ride in the San Diego Bay.
While our California beach
favorite has always been the
San Diego Harbor Excursion, a two hour
ride on the local seas and placid bays, this boat company has expanded its
options to more dining cruises, including the weekend brunch. A recent
schedule of events went like this: 1 Hour Harbor Cruise: 10am,
11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, 4:15pm, (5:30pm - Summer Only). 2 Hour Harbor
Cruise: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, (4:15pm - Summer Only).
Harbor Dinner Cruise: 7:30pm. Sunday Brunch Cruise: 11am. One Hour Harbor
Tour and USS Midway Tour: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, 4:15pm
(5:30pm - Summer Only). Two Hour Harbor Tour and USS Midway Tour: 10am,
11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, (4:15pm - Summer Only). Whale Watching:
9:45am, 1:30pm. Nature Cruise: 10:15am - 3:45pm Thursday - Sunday. Though
these times and trips may change, you'll find some similar offers by
clicking on the link provided, where you can also determine availability.
The dining cruises really make for great birthday celebrations.
Other boat rides to consider are the
Ferry between Ferry Landing in Coronado and the Ferry market in downtown San
Diego. Kids can enjoy
water themed rides at Belmont Park
and other amusements in San Diego. Oh, you can also take a
gondola ride departing from the dock next to Loews Coronado Bay Resort
on Coronado Island. We don't happen to sell tickets to the
of India Ship but recommend this unique ship tour, too.
It's just a matter of how much time do
you have to do it all? That's always been our frustration in visiting the
southernmost major U.S. West Coast city. But then, that's our excuse for
going back to San Diego again and again.